Photographer's Note

Photo taken in an afternoon at Dasaswamedh ghat in varanasi. Boat rides on the Ganges overlooking the ghats is an unique experience in Varanasi. One can see the reflections of the candles on the water during 'sandhya-arti' (worshiping god in the evening with lighted candles) and have a memorable experience.

About 3000 years old,.. a thriving city since the times of Buddha,.. Varanasi is a place that defines a large potion of India... Varanasi's narrow lanes lined with shops on eithrt side,... cows, sharing the narrow road with people,.. groups of macaques waiting to have a snack of the discarded garland flowers in the temples,,.. and above all, the temples and rows of pilgrims,.. all hold one in a trance.

The name of Dasaswamedh Ghat indicates that Brahma sacrificed (medh) 10 horses here. Conveniently central, it's one of the most important and busiest ghats and therefore is a good place to linger and soak up the atmosphere. Dasaswamedh is an extremely popular pilgrimage. Even in the rainy season when Ganges is on spate, people can be seen visiting the temple on boats. It is interesting to know that Shitala represents both benign and malevolent aspects of life; ease and succor as well as disease.

Dasaswamedh can be safely adjudged as the most popular and easily accessible Ghat of Varanasi. It is very easy to locate this Ghat because of its typical environment that consists of rows of pandas sitting on wooden platforms under bamboo umbrellas. This is the most featured scene of Varanasi all over the world. This place is featured in every possible paintings and stills of Banaras. The place looks like a mini India in itself. Masseurs share space with sometimes irritating boatmen who jostle for customers all along.

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